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Board members hear from LSICs

December 7, 2012
By Casey Houser - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Principals from Randolph County schools met at the county Board of Education office to give their 2012 Local School Improvement Council reports.

The principals gave presentations that, as a whole, included a mix of video, slide shows and interaction with children.

Harman Principal Tammie Daniels went first, presenting a slide show about her school. Daniels said the students were able to reach Adequate Yearly Progress in all areas except for graduation rate.

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Amy Rowan Smith, left, principal of Coalton Elementary School, stands with fourth grade student Hannah Wilford as they present the school’s Local School Improvement Council report to Randolph Board of Education Members on Thursday.

"We were quite proud of our WESTEST scores," she said.

Concerning academics, she mentioned the school ACT prep classes and a focus on daily attendance messages which are sent to parents through ParentLink, a system that allows parents to keep track of their students' academics.

Levy funds were spent on computer labs, computer software and smart boards, she said. Gymnasium walls were also cleaned and the gym floor refinished.

Special assemblies were conducted this year, she said. Judge Jaymie Wilfong and the Whitmer Fire Department were among the notable guests at assemblies.

The only item on her wish list, Daniels said, is that Harman remain a K-12 school.

Third Ward Elementary Principal Debra Schmidlen's video presentation displayed renovations that included new walls, floors and ceilings with new lighting. The school's parking lot has also been updated and the sidewalks lining the building have been refinished.

The video also covered AYP, showing that it had been met by the kids at Third Ward.

Levy funds were shown in the video to be spent on ceiling projectors, books and new desktop and laptop computers.

When asked about her school's breakfast attendance, Schmidlen said the numbers are going up.

"I work regularly with the cooks to entice kids to eat breakfast," she said.

Coalton Elementary's Amy Rowan-Smith brought students into the mix by presenting short video clips of students asking for wish-list items. In addition, several students spoke in person.

"I'd like to see new clasrooms built upstairs," said Hannah Wilford, a fourth-grade student.

New bathrooms, whiteboards and new HVAC systems were among the other student requests.

Rowan-Smith mentioned that levy money has been spent on new computers, musical instruments, stationary and mobile computer labs, desks and chairs.

"One of the things we are most proud of is that (Coalton is) a community school," she said.

She mentioned the numerous volunteers who help out with school events, including a yearly back to school picnic.

Rowan-Smith said the students achieved AYP and have a 97 percent attendance rate.

Enrollment is also up, she said, citing the addition of a second kindergarten and second-grade class.

She also spoke about the Parent Teacher Association which has helped out this year with a pancake breakfast and Christmas craft show.

Jennings Randolph's Rebecca Whiteman presented a video that thanked the board for the addition of a full-time cook. The video also mentioned Dr. Richard Geary, who runs the school writing program.

In addition, the school's wish list was shown, including items such as HVAC updates, key card entry, new security cameras and a full-time student counselor.

"It's more than just the books and the paper," Whiteman said. "It's the support."

She praised the community and staff who help out daily with the students' needs.

North Elementary's Cindy Bodkin also presented a slide show.

"The staff works every day for one reason: the kids," she said.

She mentioned positive behavior support, saying that students use a system called R.O.A.R., which stands for "Respectful, On task, Attending, Ready to Learn."

Bodkin said this year's levy was used to purchase new tables, desks, a new keyboard lab and 200 new lockers.

"Everyone has their own locker," she said.

She said the school needs an additional bus or an adjusted bus route, noting that some kids spend an hour on the bus after school.

Bodkin also said that hiring a full-time cook would greatly benefit the lunch staff.



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